I am getting city water (have a well now). The pipe from the main to the meter box is 3/4 inch. The distance from the meterbox to the house is 650 to 700 feet. Does it make any sense to run a 1 inch line from the meterbox to the house to combat friction loss? The house has mostly 1/2 inch lines of various material-copper plastic- it's a 160 year old farm house.

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    How far VERTICALLY is it? What is the elevation difference? – Harper - Reinstate Monica Oct 2 '19 at 2:47
  • the meter is about 6 to 8 feet higher than the entry into the house. the second floor of the house would be 6 to 8 feet higher than the meter and there is a 2nd story bathroom – shannah Oct 2 '19 at 3:20
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    If cost was not a huge difference you could even consider running 1.25 inch size for that long distance. – Michael Karas Oct 2 '19 at 6:19
  • For the cost differential, I would put in 1" or even 1.25"--even if it doesn't improve the situation because one day the water co. may replace the mains in your area and you could upgrade to a larger meter. You'd hate to dig that line twice, wouldn't you? @Michael Karas is right. – peinal Oct 2 '19 at 15:46

The intuition of the commenters is good. There are online tables if you want to to calculate it. The vertical distances that you mentioned are not significant. 8 feet of elevation is about 3.5 psi.

enter image description here https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/pressure-loss-copper-pipes-d_930.html

Let's assume that you want a flow rate of 10 gallons per minute, and the pipe length is 700 feet. The pipe losses are as follows:

3/4"    91 psi loss    (700 * 0.13)  - Clearly unacceptable
1"      21 psi loss    (700 * 0.03)  - Might be OK depending on your street pressure
1 1/4"  8 psi loss     (700 * 0.011) - Good, this is where I would want to be
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